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Proverbial Beauty: Secrets for Success and Happiness from the Wisdom of the Ages

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I’ve published the first chapter of my new book online: Here’s the “cover” blurb and the link:

imgresTake a guided tour beneath the surface of the world we live in with this marriage of King Solomon’s Book of Proverbs and Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, reexamining Solomon’s eternal wisdom through the lens of news stories, scientific discoveries, the natural world, folktales, historical vignettes and, most notably, through the mystery and brilliance of the Mona Lisa – all woven together in a lyrical and engaging medley of the human experience.

Please take a few minutes to read the short introduction. If you like it, read the first chapter. If you have any critiques, I’d love to hear them. And if you really you like it, click on the “vote” button, then repost it and spread the word. You may have to create a Wattpad account to view it, but that only takes a moment.

Thank you!

http://www.wattpad.com/story/11547048-proverbial-beauty-secrets-for-success-and

Dawn to Destiny:
Exploring Jewish History and its Hidden Wisdom

By Rabbi Yonason Goldson

A comprehensive overview of Jewish History from Creation through the redaction of the Talmud, illuminating the intricacies and complexities of Torah tradition and philosophy according to the sages and classical commentaries, spanning the length and breadth of Jewish experience to resolve many of history’s most perplexing episodes, offering profound insights and showing their relevance to life in the modern world.

How did the sin of Adam transform mankind and the world? How were the prophecies of Noah fulfilled through the rise of the Greek Empire? Why did lifespans shrink so dramatically after the Flood?  How did the builders of the Tower of Babel believe they could wage war against G-d? Why did the Torah have to be given in both written and oral form? What was King David’s transgression regarding his involvement with BasSheva? Why did some Jews oppose the construction of the Second Temple? How can we trust the transmission of Torah if our scholars engaged in such fierce disagreements? These and many other questions are answered in this unique volume.

An invaluable resource for scholars and laymen. A priceless tool for education and outreach. With approbations from HaRav Dovid Cohen and HaRav Zev Leff.

FOR EXCERPTS CLICK HERE.
FOR ORDERING INFORMATION CLICK HERE.

Celestial Navigation:
Charting our course through life’s challenges by the light of the Jewish holidays

A collection of essays offering compelling insights into the cycle of holidays by Rabbi Yonason Goldson

CN coverAll proceeds go to Block Yeshiva High School
Minimum donation:  $15 (Mail orders add $3 for shipping.)  Send your check to:

Block Yeshiva High School
Attn: Rabbi Goldson
1146 North Warson Road
St. Louis, MO 63132

Or call Karen at (314) 442-6737

For an excerpt, click here.

Speaking Engagements

Special Shabbos or learning programs open up a world of opportunity to delve into current events, contemporary issues, philosophy, history, education, parenting, and creative avenues for personal and spiritual growth.  I am available as a scholar-in-residence, chazzan-in-residence, or lecturer.

For lecture topics and samples of weekend programming click here.  Inquiries may be directed to torahideals [at] gmail.net.

Articles of Special Interest

Why Jews are Liberalsthe origins of ideological confusion, and a follow-up piece exploring the practical applications.

Israel:  History, Politics, and IdeologyAnswers to the attacks of apologists and antagonists.

Defining “Objective” History — How can we determine the accuracy of historical records?  How do we resolve contradictions in history?

Evolution Forum — Is it possible to have a civil debate on the subject?

The Language of Confusion — 60 years after 1984, Orwell’s prophetic dystopia remains more relevant than ever.

The Fallacy of Moral Relativism — How I taught a class of cynical teenagers the illogic of unrestricted personal freedom.

Hurricane Season– With meteorologists predicting more hurricanes on the scale of Gustav, Ike, and Katrina, these thoughts on the Pacific Rim Tsunami are worth another look.

Talking the to the Wall Department — My efforts to engage an ideologue in civil discourse.  Draw your own conclusions, and feel free to weigh in … respectfully.

Insights into the weeky Torah Portion

Donate to Block Yeshiva High School

I know of no finer educational institution in the world that prepares students to become materially and spiritually successful adults.  Our students and graduates are the greatest evidence of our commitment to excellence.  Visit us at at BlockYeshivaBlog.org.

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